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Going to school everyday is one of the most important habits a child can learn at a young age.  As we embark on 2017, it is time to examine how school attendance has been for your child.  Research shows that regularly missing school can hurt both those students who miss school as well as their classmates. Missing school leads to multiple issues in the learning process.  When a child misses school, they miss out on learning and have a more difficult time catching up to their peers.  Most disciplines build on previous knowledge, so missing even one day can have a significant impact on future learning making it easier for a child to fall behind in the classroom. Missing school leads to lower levels of achievement throughout their school years and can even lead to absenteeism when a child ages and is old enough to hold a part-time job.  For example, by the time a child reaches 6th grade, if they have missed one day/week, they are more likely to drop out of high school. So, how does this impact a child's classmates?  When a child misses class, often the teacher will repeat material or pay extra attention to the child who has missed class.  Both of these acts take away from the learning process and progression of the entire classroom.  Additionally, missing school has more than a negative academic impact, it has a negative social impact on a child.  Building friendships, learning how to work with others, and developing responsibility are also huge pieces to the life-long learning process which are all learned in the classroom.   At the end of the day, attendance in school has many benefits beyond simply learning basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills.  Showing up sets you up for success~both at school and in life!   Carpe Diem!! Always learning, Ms. Odegard
Posted by Guest  On Nov 29, 2016 at 2:49 PM
We all know that there is a direct correlation between parent/guardian involvement and student success in school.  With conferences coming up in the next two weeks, there are a few things that will enhance the connection between home and school creating a teamwork concept between parents and teachers. 1.  Set the tone.  It is normal to have questions at the beginning of the school year.  Building a strong relationship with the teacher can be done by showing your appreciation for what they are doing.  Ask questions respectfully  when they arise and have a positive dialogue to remedy any concerns.  Keep in touch with the teacher often; don't wait for issues to arise. 2.  Be positive.  All students have both strengths and weaknesses.  Enjoy hearing about the strengths of your child, but also be prepared to listen to areas of growth and be able to have a dialogue about how to best help your child.  Working with the teacher to improve any weaknesses will benefit everyone in the equation. 3.  Choose words carefully.  "Think before you speak" is a wonderful adage to remember.  Rather than demanding, make a polite request.  A helpful thing to think about is using We or I statements instead of You statements.  Remember:  the teacher is your teammate! As the year progresses, that direct and positive line of communication will only benefit your child's experience at school.  That parent-teacher team is a benefit for everyone! Always learning, Ms. Odegard
Posted by Guest  On Nov 04, 2016 at 10:03 AM